Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:38AM
S Korea pays to clean up polluted US bases
S Korea pays to clean up polluted US bases
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Frank Smith
Press TV, Seoul

South Korea is getting stuck with the bill for cleaning up US bases across the country. Dozens of American camps are being returned to South Korea as the US builds up so-called super-bases to project their power throughout the region, say experts. Environmentalists argue the US is abusing South Korea’s sovereignty.

Activist Shin Su-yeon worries with more, larger base lands yet to be given back, the total cleanup cost remains unknown.

In 2011 protests erupted over the detection of Agent Orange. The costs of cleaning up the near two dozen US camps so far returned approaches $160 million.

The contamination of South Korean soil on American military bases is infamous. South Korea’s 2006 film The Host features a monster created by US military base pollution terrorizing the country. As more American bases are returned the millions of dollars that South Korea must pay to clean up US pollution will only rise.